Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort ran for the longest season in its 47-year history last winter, thanks to an early snowfall and deep snow pack. But the resort isn't relying on boon snow years every winter; instead, crews beefed up the resort's snowmaking capacity.

The resort operated last winter for 180 days compared to its usual 140 days. Lifts turned until May 2. But last season's deep and long-lasting snow did not hamper the resort's plans to increase the capacity of its snowmaking system. The snowmaking pond, which held 1.6 million gallons of water, was enlarged this summer to hold more than 7.5 million gallons.

"The pond is now a lake," Curt Sheffield, interim general manager told "It will allow us to produce a better product throughout the year with better coverage."

Las Vegas shoots to start up its snowmaking guns in early November on chair 2 and beginner slopes, but that depends on temperatures and weather. The resort aims to open the lifts Thanksgiving weekend.

The resort also remodeled the retail shop. New four-tops and high-tops replaced the old "elementary school seating," as Sheffield described, with capacity increased by about 20 percent. The outdoor patio got spruced up with refinishing, too. New coin lockers were added to the main lodge for storage.

Las Vegas is running its season pass sale until Nov. 1. Adults have a choice between unlimited passes at $550 and passes valid only on weekdays for $525. Seniors passes, available for adults 60 years old and above, cost $400. Child passes cost $200 while youth passes run $280 and college passes $349. Season passholders get 20 percent off lift tickets at eight sister resorts in California, Utah, Oregon, and Vermont.

Season passes can be purchased online or by mail, phone, or fax. They also can be purchased in person at the resort's office in town without driving up to the resort. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

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